Macon-Bibb commissioners passed the resolution eight to one. It requires the Wings Cafe owner, Tom Kim, to appear in front of a Macon-Bibb Municipal Court judge for a hearing to determine whether the business will keep its liquor license.
Commissioner Virgil Watkins says the board has a right to request a court hearing if an establishment has a history of violent incidents.
During Tuesday night’s meeting, Kim told commissioners Wings Cafe has multiple violent incidents on record because he was doing his job as an owner and calling the police to report them.
"A good many of those calls for service were prompted by Mr. Kim out of an abundance for caution. If anything occurred, well, let’s call the police, let’s get them involved. In fact, the prior ordinance that Mr. Kim operated under encouraged that type of behavior," Charles Cox, the attorney representing Kim, said.
Commissioner Al Tillman is pleased the resolution passed. He believes it gives the club owner a fair chance to present his case. He also thinks there is more to the Wings Cafe story.
"There are a lot of other things going on that we was not going to reveal or share, but since he’s gonna fight us, then, there are other things that are eventually going to come out," explained Commissioner Tillman.
Commissioner Elaine Lucas was the only commissioner who opposed it. She tells 41NBC it’s because she doesn’t believe Wings Cafe is the problem. She feels the problem is violence in the community. She wants to work with community leaders to address this issue.